Category Archives: Landmarks

Liquor, Lockers and Lively Music

The Onyx Hotel Building 1910   852 Fifth Avenue Architect: Unknown Architectural Style: Modern Commercial This property, like all others, was originally owned by Alonzo Horton. In 1868, he sold the lot to another notable early San Diegan – Capt. Samuel S. Dunnells  – for $500 in gold coin. Capt. Dunnells is credited to have […]

Many Forms of Labor by Many Hands

Many wonder just exactly what a Labor Temple is. It is defined as an organization created for the purpose of improving conditions for those who work, including agricultural, educational, instructive and also, unions. The building is their “temple,” or meeting place. Throughout its long tenure, the Gaslamp’s Labor Temple Building has housed many of these, including unions for bartenders, cigar makers, theatrical employees , hod carriers and the Women Union Labor Leagues.

A Rose by Any Other Name…….

Choate-Gerichten-Peterson Block a.k.a. Ingersoll Tutton Mercantile Building 1894 818-836 5th Avenue Architect – Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style – Romanesque Revival Even after the boom building years of the 1880s, several of the structures along 5th Avenue were still relatively unadorned wooden buildings. After 5th Avenue was paved in 1888, many investors then turned their attention […]

The Lion Roars Again!

Ingle Building/Golden Lion 1906 NE Corner of Fourth and F St. Architect – Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style -Modern with Victorian Elements After Alonzo Horton made his propitious buy of the land that was to become modern day San Diego, he immediately returned to San Francisco to drum up interest in his new venture. In order […]

What’s in a Name

The Timken Building 1894 Southwest Corner of 5th and Market Streets Architect: Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style: Romanesque/Modern   Realtors will tell you that “location, location, location,” is everything, but this prime piece of commercial real estate had a rather inauspicious beginning. Alonzo Horton called it “Lot L” when he sold it to David L. Phillips […]